Monthly Archives: March 2011

Death In The Setting Sun by Deryn Lake

After last week’s disastrous foray into the world of serial killers, I decided to keep with the notion of reading new authors but plumped for the world of the historical whodunit instead for this week’s entry into the Alphabet of … Continue reading

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Nerd by Nev Fountain Preview

Not a review per se, but a head’s up. As regular readers will know, I have a tendency to bang on (and on) about the wonderful Mervyn Stone novels by Nev Fountain. Well, to help launch the paperbacks, there’s going … Continue reading

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The New Miss Marple – Jennifer Garner???

God bless the Disney channel. According to a number of sources across the internet, so it’s bound to be true, they are producing a series of Miss Marple films. About when she was young. Oh my goodness. (That’s the polite … Continue reading

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The Hundredth Man by Jack Kerley

And so on to the letter K in the Alphabet of Crime Fiction. I had a difficult time finding a K, so I resorted to another trip to the charity shop. I came up with The Hundredth Man by Jack … Continue reading

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The Headless Lady by Clayton Rawson

Clayton Rawson was a friend and colleague of John Dickson Carr and also a professional magician. These aspects combined to form a series of short stories and novels featuring The Great Merlini, a magician and detective, clearly based on Rawson … Continue reading

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The House In Goblin Wood by Carter Dickson

Just a quick review – I’ve written a fair bit on John Dickson Carr recently, so I thought I’d bring to light a classic of his that may have been overlooked – The House In Goblin Wood, his only short … Continue reading

Posted in Carter Dickson, John Dickson Carr, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Short Stories, Sir Henry Merrivale | 10 Comments

The Bride of Newgate by John Dickson Carr

It’s a very bad habit of mine that when I find an author I like, I collect rigorously those books featuring his or her detective and get much less fussy when it comes to non-series books. However, occasionally I spot … Continue reading

Posted in Alphabet of Crime Fiction, Historical Mysteries, John Dickson Carr, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders | 9 Comments

A Brief Diversion – Calling All (UK) Puzzlers

Apologies for the diversion, but I’m not going to talk about mystery novels this time. It’s my blog, and I can make the rules… OK, just to keep the theme going, don’t forget to buy the Mervyn Stone books when … Continue reading

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Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

This week it’s the letter I in the Alphabet of Crime Fiction, and my shelves were empty of possible entries. What an excellent excuse for a trip to the multitude of charity shops in my local high street – I … Continue reading

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Mysteries for Younger Readers

My good lady wife, aka Books On Spain brought my attention to this paragraph in the Guardian. A young reader had requested help from The Book Doctor – the question was “I detest Enid Blyton and like Agatha Christie. What should … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Carter Dickson, Edward D Hoch, Gideon Fell, Hercule Poirot, John Dickson Carr, Locked Rooms and Impossible Murders, Miss Marple, Sam Hawthorne, Sir Henry Merrivale | 9 Comments